Rep. Ron Kind declines Senate bid
September 15th, 2011
05:49 PM ET
11 years ago

Rep. Ron Kind declines Senate bid

(CNN)-During a week of trying times for Democrats, one member of Congress from the blue column received what could be called good news Thursday.

Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin, who declared her statewide candidacy for Senate in early September, learned she would not draw a primary opponent in fellow Rep. Ron Kind.

Kind, who represents the 3rd Congressional District said he was grateful for the encouragement of Wisconsonites who "urged" him to run, but his commitment is in "solving people's problems first and foremost."

"That commitment has led me to this conclusion: Now is not my time to run for the U.S. Senate," Kind said in a written statement.

"I remain unwavering in my focus on growing the economy with good paying jobs while developing a long-term plan to get our fiscal house in order," he continued. "The issues are just too pressing right now."

The eight-term congressman is more moderate than Baldwin, and is one of the leaders of the New Democrat Coalition, a group of pro-trade, pro-business moderate Dems in the House of Representatives.

Republican challengers in the Wisconsin Senate race include former 1st Congressional District Rep. Mark Neumann who was endorsed by the Club for Growth PAC, and possibly former Gov. Tommy Thompson, who sought the 2008 GOP nomination for president.

The seat is currently held by Democratic Sen. Herb Kolb, who announced he will retire after four terms in May.

Republican House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan and former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold have both declined to seek the seat in 2012.

Democrats currently hold a 53-47 advantage in the Senate, but are defending 23 seats next year, including 21 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party. Republicans will defend just 10 seats in the Senate in 2012.

–CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Herb Kohl • Tammy Baldwin • Wisconsin
soundoff (One Response)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It sounds like it is going to be a hard fight for the Democrats to hold onto the Senate.

    September 15, 2011 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |